La bella addormentata nel bosco

Can we move further down? – Even the lowest level of THE comedy (Dante) appears as plateau. Today Habermas suggested at Elte university that the USNA should serve as model for the future of Europe. Well, since Obama pleads for less war, more negotiation …. But: Here’s my bottom line: America must always lead on … Continua a leggere

Living on the Margins

Acknowledgements [1] Kant is frequently coming to my mind these last day’s – one reason may be that Birgit mentioned him; to be honest she talked about her appreciation of the well-known categorical imperative, as he stated in the second half of the 18th century act so that the maxim of thy will can always … Continua a leggere

… because we have always done it that way …

It had been in 1648, that the Treaty of Westphalia had been signed (actually it had been a package on the Peace of Westphalia, comprising of different parts. This is also the explanation for ). Not 3,000 years ago, but surely a long time. And surely an occasion to maintain the insight into the importance … Continua a leggere

Reality – complex and contradictory

Preparing mentally for the conference at the University of Pavia, where we will discuss tomorrow and Friday Perspectives on Agency and Participation Such topic surely has to acknowlegde the complexity of existence, and its contradiciton – something we as intellectuals easily forget. Seneca’s words may be taken as reminder: Teniamo sempre questo verso sul cuore … Continua a leggere

time …

Sure, grasping the right understanding of the terms remains a major task Solo coloro che anno tempo per la sapienza dispongono del loro tempo Of all men they alone are at leisure who take time for philosophy (Seneca)

I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then

I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then. And knowing that they come from the beautiful book ‘Alice in Wonderland’ we may feel tempted to recommend Lewis Carroll’s book as reading for Joseph Stiglitz. Sure, there is always some temptation to go to events like the one today at LUISS … Continua a leggere

Time – On Whose Side?

The problem surely is one of change, and thus of time – and this, metaphorically, may be seen in the change of art. There is the famous failure of Leonardo: the fresco, applying a wrong formula. The problem with the technique is that one is not allowed to make any mistake: the paint goes immediately … Continua a leggere

Asia Global – A New Project

Being part of the Rozenberg Quarterly Advisory Board and, with Hong Fan and Daniele Massaccesi, the Asia Global Team, I guess that it is appropriate to announce this new section by reproducing here the “what it is about”. This section is the result of a cooperation between the Confucius Institute at the University of Western … Continua a leggere